Canalys Q1 2013 analysis

Even when counting laptops and tablets, Android powers 59-percent of all devices shipped in Q1

We often get glimpses into how well Android is performing in terms of shipments compared to other mobile competitors such as iOS and Windows Phone, but it turns out Android fares extremely favorably against mobile devices of all kinds. According to analysis by Canalys, of all "smart mobile devices" -- including smart phones, tablets and laptops -- shipped in Q1 2013, Android was the operating system of choice on 59.5-percent of them. That means that even when factoring in Apple laptops running Mac OS X and Windows-based laptops into Apple and Microsoft's numbers, Android is still a majority of all devices shipped. Canalys estimates that 183.7 million Android devices were shipped in the quarter, dramatically higher than apple's 59.6 million and Microsoft's 55.9 million.

As you would expect, things break down favorably in the manufacturer charts for Samsung, which supplied 82.2 million of those devices (keeping in mind they make Windows laptops also) even without sales of the Galaxy S4 being counted because it had not yet gone on sale in Q1. As if those crazy Android activation numbers we keep seeing weren't enough of an indication, it should be clear now that Android is genuinely dominating the mobile landscape.

Source: Canalys; Via: ZDNet


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Android dominates Apple, Microsoft in smart mobile device shipments for Q1


At the end of march apple had 22% and now it's down to 19% in 6 weeks+, that is not good for them. Also I have yet to see a widows mobile device in the wild yet, although the new tablet looks interesting.

56 million mobile devices were shipped running Microsoft OSes. Sounds pretty accurate to me. You did read the article and realize this includes laptops and not just phones, right?

It looks like Canalys said netbooks, not laptops. I am very excited for Android, but I don't think we should be overstating its victory just yet.

Nope, they said notebooks, not netbooks, but your point is still valid - this does NOT include laptops.

The term "laptop" was replaced with "notebooks" over a decade ago. People were burning their laps with overheating laptops, and the name was tacit approval of the behavior. So the industry changed terms. The gen-pop didn't. They're one and the same product.

If market share is the topic, I think we can safely say that Android has won. Of course things change, look at Microsft, but for now Android is clearly and by far the winner. I can't imagine how that will change anytime soon. Neither MSFT nor Apple has a business model that can claim such market share.

You just jinxed it lol. Seriously, though, Android will cease to be number 1, if another operating system is introduced that has more built-in (meaning: w/o having to use 3rd party apps) functionality and security.

Problem is, MS earns $5 to $15 per Android device sold... So that my friend is not the beauty of open source but the beauty of business!

@Andrew Martonik

Thanks for the cool post.

In smartphone world, Windows should give a deep look and take the aim to to best. because desktop>laptop>tablet>smartphone .....means everything is going to be turned into smaller asap.

Thanks in Advance